According to a new report, Angelina Jolie did not have a merry Christmas.
And it doesn’t sound like she’s about to have a happy new year, either.
Despite the actress taking issue with Brad Pitt being permitted to spend time with his kids over this holiday season, that’s how it went down.
A court-appointed therapist gave the Pitt visit her blessing earlier this month, clearing the way for a tense Christmas reunion.
As a result, Pitt was at least allowed to see Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox for a portion of last weekend.
It’s unclear if Maddox and Pax accepted the invite to be with their dad.
But we can confirm that Pitt and the other four kids at least hung out …
… and that Jolie supposedly flipped out in response.
Describing the former Oscar winner as “furious” over her estranged husband seeing any of his children, an insider expounded on the situation:
“She’s having a meltdown,” the source told In Touch.
“She can’t believe it’s happening. After being told that the kids were cleared to visit Brad at his house she tried to change the terms and have the visit at her home.
“But she was firmly told no. And that made her furious.”
Jolie and Pitt have been locked in a moderate-to-severely ugly battle ever since the former filed for divorce on September 19.
At the time, various outlets have reported that Jolie not only wanted out of their marriage, but believed Pitt to be an unfit father.
Specifically, there was some kind of incident between Pitt and 15-year old Maddox on board a private airplane just four days prior to the filing.
It seems clear at this point that Pitt was drunk and yelling at Maddox, but the actor was also accused of getting physical with his son.
That accusation has since been shot down.
But other reports allege that issues between Jolie and Pitt go back years, and often fly in the face of the perfect image they tried to protect.
One source referred back to 2014 and claimed Jolie went so far as to try to “steal attention” from Pitt at the Academy Awards that year.
The theory behind that was that Angelina was jealous over the acclaim he was receiving due to his role in 12 Years a Slave.
Does this sound like a way Angelina Jolie would react, rather than being happy for, and unconditionally supportive of, her spouse?
Yes, according to some of her critics.
Rumors aside, however, it’s undeniable that the A-list stars are agreeing on very little when it comes to custody of their enormous brood.
Jolie wants primary custody of the children; Pitt has filed for joint custody. Basically, there’s no end in sight to the duo’s legal fight.
Writes In Touch‘s source:
“Brad and Angelina are continuing their court battle, with Brad wanting joint custody of their six children and Angelina insisting on sole custody.”
The celebrity news tabloid continues:
“Brad filed papers this week wanting everything sealed and attacking Angelina for making details of their battle public, claiming it would hurt the children.”
One of those key details, the magazine alleges, “was Angelina naming the therapists who are treating the children.”
“But this [was nevertheless] a big victory for Brad as Angelina didn’t even want the kids to see him on Christmas.”
Is it really, though?
Can we really call anything a “victory” when it involves the parents of six kids yelling, screaming and arguing at each other?
Neither Jolie nor Pitt has said much of anything since news of their divorce news shocked their world and went viral in September.
Representatives for both have released broad, vague statements at times, but we’re left to wonder and speculate in the absence of anything concrete.
Pitt and Jolie have always played things close to the vest, making the public unraveling of their union all the more attention-grabbing.
We can only hope they remember that no matter how dramatic their differences are, there’s a lot more that unites then than divides them.
Still. There are a bunch of young kids who are at the center of this mess and, in the long run, they should be the top priority for each parent.
Isn’t that the most important thing here?